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While these films were not recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 94th Annual Academy Awards scheduled for Sunday, March 27, 2022, many have been nominated for other awards such as the Independent Spirit Awards. , the Screen Actors Guild Awards. or the Golden Globe Awards.

Additionally, critic groups such as the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association recognize their own best films.

The following films released in 2021 were not nominated for Best Picture even though they won praise from audiences and critics.

IN THE HEIGHTS

Lin Michael Miranda’s Tony Award-winning “Hamilton” Broadway musical has been adapted into an excellent film.

The joyous mix of song and brightly danced dance tells the story of the closely-knit residents of Washington Heights, an area of ​​New York populated by immigrants from Caribbean countries.

WHO PASSED

British actress Rebecca Hall deserves praise for writing and directing this intriguing feature film about two women (Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga); both are black, but one passes for white.

Set during 1920s New York’s Harlem Renaissance and based on a 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, “Passing” succeeds in reflecting America’s still lingering racial issues.

BE THE RICARDOS

In 1951, Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman), Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) and their team of writers, producers and directors invented the television sitcom, a revolutionary concept using live audiences and no-laugh leads.

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film focuses on a perilous week during the show’s production schedule.

Kidman nails the role of Lucille Ball/Lucy Ricardo. She reveals the comedic actor as an entertainer and businesswoman – outwardly a tough cookie, but inwardly an emotional mess who deeply loves her suspected running husband.

JTHE LAST DUEL

Ridley Scott directs the bloody and brutal historical epic based on a true story and set in Normandy in the 14th century.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who play warrior Jean de Courages and Count Peter d’Alençon, wrote the screenplay with Nicole Holofcener. Adam Driver is squire Jacques Le Gris, who is accused of a flagrant attack by de Courages’ young and beautiful wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer).

NO TIME TO DIE

Daniel Craig ends his run as James Bond in spectacular and satisfying fashion.

“No Time to Die” by director Cary Joji Fukunaga continues the saga that began with “Spectre” in 2015.

After retiring to Jamaica, 007 is summoned by his old friend, CIA agent Felix Leifer (Jeffrey Wright) to track down scientist Obruchev (David Dencik), who has stolen a deadly bioweapon.

An action-packed masterpiece, the film also stars Lea Seydoux as Bond’s love interest and Rami Malek as the madman Safin.

THE FRENCH EXPEDITION

Wes Anderson presents another one of his weird, smart, and very funny films featuring his usual cast of actors, including six Oscar winners.

At the Paris-based literary magazine called The French Dispatch, Bill Murray serves as editor Arthur Howitzer, Jr. Writers and cast of the stories include Lea Seydoux, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Saorsie Ronan, Tilda Swindon and Christopher Waltz.

SPENCER

Kristen Stewart stars in a stunning portrayal of Princess Diana over a three-day period as she ponders parting ways with Prince Charles (Jack Farthing).

During an utter Christmas holiday horror at Queen’s Sandringham Retreat, Diana continues to rebel against her perfect image.

Alice Reese is a member of the Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association. She reviews film, arts and entertainment for the Herald-Banner and for KETR.

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